Lot 850: Andrew LaMar Hopkins (American/New Orleans)
December 4, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: Andrew LaMar Hopkins (American/New Orleans, 20th c.), "A Typical Day in Antebellum New Orleans", 2015, acrylic on canvas board, signed and dated lower right, signed, titled, dated and artist's card en verso, 20 in. x 16 in., framed. Note: Born in Mobile, AL, Andrew Hopkins art is greatly influenced by New Orleans and his love of all things French. Hopkins, an avid student of history, meticulously researches and immaculately executes his historic tableaus of the 18th and 19th centuries, resulting in beautifully rendered architectural interiors with period dress and exacting detail such as the work offered here. Each object included in his composition is period correct and often inspired by items within Hopkins' own collection of antiques. A person of Creole descent, Hopkins is passionate about his ancestry, and his subjects typically focus on Creole and free people of color in New Orleans. On his paternal side, he is a direct descent of Nicolas Baudin, who obtained a land grant in 1710 for an island south of Mobile, which he named Mon Louis. As a descent of Baudin, Hopkins is related to several French governors of Louisiana. As evidenced in A Typical Day in Antebellum New Orleans, Hopkins creates scenes that are both familiar and intriguing. Combining his period subject matter with simple, non-dimensional renderings of people reminiscent of the Early American Primitive School of portrait painters, Hopkins is often compared to artists such as Joshua Johnson and Julien Hudson. However, his contemporary use of color and often whimsical elements imbue his works with a style uniquely his own. Ref.: Cutrone, Lee. Andrew LaMar Hopkins. New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles. Spring 2015. www.myneworleans.com. Accessed Oct. 23, 2016.